Two separate studies found a link between hypertension and erectile dysfunction ( ED ).
One of these studies also demonstrated that of long-term use of Sildenafil ( Viagra ), a commonly prescribed ED drug, was effective in improving aortic stiffness in patients suffering from the condition.
It is estimated that at least 20 million American men have some degree of erectile dysfunction, said Michael Doumas, from University of Athens, Greece. Our research determined that for men with high blood pressure, the chances that they may be at risk for or have the devastating condition dramatically increases.
Doumas and colleagues studied 634 young and middle-aged men between the ages of 31 and 65 years, excluding those with history of diabetes mellitus, heart disease, renal failure, liver and vascular disease, as these diseases have been associated with ED.
Patients were evaluated for hypertension, as well as medical history, and then were asked to complete out a questionnaire that evaluated their ED according to the International Index of Erectile Function ( IIEF ).
Overall, 35.2 percent of the 358 patients had some degree of ED, and 9.2 percent of these patients had severe ED ( p